Midleton FC places a great emphasis on the coaching of our young players.

All our coaches are actively encouraged to attend coaching courses when possible.
We host regular FAI Led programmes at our club ranging from the PDP 1 up to the FAI C License.

Beginning at our Academy, we have taken the strategic decision to take our volunteer parents and offer them coaching qualifications supported and funded by the club.

We believe that by integrating the FAI Education programs with these parents, we can support their development as coaches to the ultimate benefit to our players, our coaches and our club.

We combine this with our existing coaching structure so that we continue to develop new coaching talent while maintaining the club coaching ethos

Coach Education

Midleton FC places an emphasis on the education of our coaches through formal and informal pathways. Formally, we partner with Coerver Coaching and the FAI to offer qualified coaching qualifications which are subsidised by the club.

Informally, our club Coaching Forum provides a platform for practical experiences and discussions on football related matters. Beginning at an academy level, our philosophy is to develop our coaches in a similar way to developing players and we have a proud record of retaining our coaches through age groups allowing us to grow and learn together. 

Our recommended pathway offers programs with our academy partners Coerver Couching that begin the coaching journey for new or inexperienced coaches. The progression of this is the FAI PDP 3 level program and the 2021-2025 FAI Coaching Pathway program (below)

At each age group, different milestones are achieved, and coach education plays a key part when accompanied by practical experience and an internal coach network.

Magpie's Coaching Pathway


Education Program

Coach Objective

Player Objective

Club Outcome

Match Format

Coerver Entry Workshop
Coerver Football Intro
Basic Principles
Coach up to 10 players
Understand a session plan
Basic Rules
Controlling a ball
Defence v Attack
Grow membership
Develop players
Add coaches
Coerver Youth Diploma 1
5v5 format
Organising training
Communicating Effectively
Passing and Shooting
Speed and Dribbling
Positional awareness (D, M, F)
Identify strong coaches
Identify potential
Team Managers
Coerver Youth Diploma 2
Defining teams based on ability
7v7 format
Formation and structures (basic)
Understanding favourite position
Introduction to matchday preparations (warm ups, team talks)
Consolidation of coaching structures
Creation of initial graded structures before competitive leagues
9v9 format
Competitive games
Managing a squad (training, nutrition, wellness)
Competitive football
Success and failure
Match formations
Competitive teams 
Strength and depth of educated
11v11 Rules of play
Player attrition
Tactical mastery
Positional excellence
Set piece management
Commitment Dedication
High performing team
Underage successes
Full Pitch

Garda Vetting Instructions

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FAI Online Garda Vetting Demo Video

 Go to and click “BOOK A COURSE NOW

  1. o    Click SIGN UP – I need a MyCometAccount (if you already have an account, click LOGIN)
  2. o    Complete the Sign-Up Form
  3. o    When you receive your login details, log into thewebsite -
  4. o    In the Welcome screen type “Online Garda” and theVetting Application will appear below
  5. o    Click Start
  6. o    On the next screen, click the option “NOT ATTENDING”and change this to “APPLY

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Coaches Resources

Recommended Website Resources:
This is an excellent coaching web-site, with a lot of drills and advice. Subscription not required for most of the information. Members receive excellent coaching tips on a weekly basis.
A top class web-site for drills and coaching exercises. You need to register (free access will get you a lot of material). Highly recommended.

Other Links:
Probably the best fitness web-site out there – covers a huge amount of sports
Includes a lot of coaching information, as well as up-to-date news
Web-site of the Football Association of Ireland
Web-site of the English FA.